, attached to 2011-12-28

Review by forbin1

forbin1 Lot of energy in msg as usual...nothing better than going to a Phish show at the garden in the middle of winter...The pre-planned glowstick war as soon as the lights went down...did go off...but unfortuantely the stage got flooded with them...as people still think it's a good idea to throw stuff at the band...On to the show itself

Set I

Free opener...I was surprised as much as everyone else...didn't see this coming...but it did get the place rocking...as if it needed a reason too...Nothing crazy with this version...just a good hard rocking free...

Glide: didn't see this one coming too...nicely played version..and first since msg 09...was happy to catch both of these...

Possum: As much as some people will rag on this song..I've always enjoyed it...gets the crowd going and the place rocking...Not the longest version but it did it's part...

Cities: I ended up calling this tune...One of the better versions I've heard in a while...Not as funky as the Berkely Cities...but once the song started to take off...it really got nice and spacy...for a few minutes I thought I was in 97..the way this was headed...ends kind of abruptly but well played...definite highlight of set I

Curtis Loew: First time I ever caught this song...Page does a nice job with it...

Stash: A pretty standard version for the most part...

Contact: A nice surprise...first one I've seen since the Great Went...Gordo did his usual goodness with this one...

Sample: Nothing crazy...but a lot of people were really rockin to this..

Kill Devil Falls: One of the newer songs that have grown on me...A pretty standard version...

Bathtub Gin: Like the set placement with this...I really enjoyed it and thought Trey nailed it...not up there with the Went, Portsmouth and Holmdel...but nonetheless a solid gin...

Set II

BOF: Thought this might go on for a while...but it didn't...One of the shorter versions I can recall..I was alright with that...

Carini: Getting quite a bit of play these days and I like it....A nice hard charging version that becomes really mellow...wasn't expecting it to go into tweezer the way it was headed...a definite highlight of set II

Tweezer: A pretty spacey/plinko type jam...with streets of cairo teases...good stuff

MFMF: Nothing out of the ordinary with this one...just no myfe ending

Rock and Roll: This has become a big jam vehicle for phish...thought they might have pulled it out later on in the run..but was happy to see it...place was jumping...well played all around by the boys...some more spacy/plinko stuff towards the end...Definite highlight of Set II

NICU: Figured I might have seen this during the first set so I was surprised to see it here especially the way the set was headed...Pretty standard version

Bouncin': All I could think about was..I really hope they jam the shit out of this..but alas it did not happen...

Hood: It could have just been me...but it seemed that the beginning of the song was a little bit off...if that was the case they definitely made up for it the way the song eventually peaked and closed out...

Bug: Not my ideal set closer...I actiually prefer the other lyrics...but it was worked well into closing out the second set...

Encore

Tube: Another surprise here...wasn't expecting it as an encore...a pretty solid version

Rocky Top: The garden went nuts for this...It was a lot of fun

Tweezer Reprise: I love this song to close out a show...Trey was into it...as was the whole venue...loud as hell

Highlights: Cities, Gin, Carini, Rock and Roll


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